December 6, 2018 at 6:24 pm #40399
Driving around Eugene today around 6PM, KFI 640 and KSL 1160 were both coming in very well, occasionally sounding like locals.December 6, 2018 at 7:27 pm #40401
Yes, late November and December is primetime for DXing. especially between about 4:30 and 5:30 PM in most PNW locations…something to do with the earlier sunset and its variability over geographic locations…someone can probably explain it better.
But your car radio brings these better than most in-home radios, except maybe for C.Crane radios.December 18, 2018 at 6:19 pm #40471
Stuck in traffic in front of Matt Knight Arena: KSL in HD.January 4, 2019 at 11:06 am #40625
A few weeks ago, I was in Lahaina, HI. Mediumwave band propagation was quite interesting there.
First of all, the strongest signals appeared to be coming from Honolulu, nearly 90 miles away. The strong groundwave propagation can easily be explained in that the path from Honolulu to my location was almost entirely via the ocean.
KNUI 550 should have been the strongest signal, with a predicted field strength of about 12 mV/m. However, it was surprisingly difficult to receive. Apparently, the tall peaks of the West Maui Forest Reserve are very effective RF absorbers at mediumwave frequencies. In fact, with a portable radio, I noted that the signal appeared to come from either NNW or SSE (possibly re-radiating from Moloka’i), rather than due east.
The other Maui AM stations broadcast from shared towers near Maalea Bay, and they were much easier to receive.
I did not have much luck with skywave reception on a portable radio. I was able to hear KIPA 1060 from Hilo during the morning hours. However, relatively strong signals from the Honolulu and Maalea Bay transmitters made it impossible to hear heterodynes from Asian stations. North American stations were either too weak for me to receive, or I was not listening at the right times.
On a totally different geographic note, we have had some days during which the propagation in the Portland area has been surprisingly good. There was one day, last weekend, if memory serves me correctly, that I was hearing KOMO, almost as if it were a local, during the middle of the afternoon.January 4, 2019 at 1:51 pm #40626
Experienced same scenario…KOMO 1000AM and Seattle’s 1090 and 770AM came in like a local at 11:30am last Wed morning in my car radio driving around Salem.January 5, 2019 at 1:06 am #40633
It seems to me that all those Hawaiian stations are non-directional.January 5, 2019 at 6:20 pm #40640
They are, indeed, all non-directional. It is also common to see duplexing and triplexing of stations into the towers. Another unusual thing in Maui was that there was a 5 kW station on 1240.January 5, 2019 at 8:13 pm #40641
…But did you hear Pyongyang Pangsong on 657 in Hawaii?January 5, 2019 at 10:26 pm #40642
Interestingly I heard Pyongyang booming in on 9776 kHz about a week ago… Pretty sure I’ve never heard them before.January 6, 2019 at 12:21 am #40644
“…But did you hear Pyongyang Pangsong on 657 in Hawaii?” That’s pretty close to 650, if it’s still there.January 6, 2019 at 11:39 am #40651
Well, crainbebo says he was able to DX it along with a huge assload of MW stations from China and Japan clear over in Yakima (!) during a huge skip opening in late October or early November. Wiki reports its ERP as 1.5MW. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_radio_stations_in_North_Korea#KCBS_Pyongyang_Pangsong) Who knows how reliable that is, but there you go. I figure since Hawaii’s about halfway between here and NK there’d be a higher chance of hearing it there under more or less normal conditions than here though I’ve even heard it at the coast.
It’s easy to identify especially you’ve ever heard North Korean music which is unmistakable. They voice-identify periodically as “Pyongyang Pangsong imnida” (literally “Pyongyang Broadcasting this is”). I have yet to get it here and doubt I will since CFFR and sometimes KTNN’s sideband on 660 obliterates 657.
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